The University of Manchester has joined forces with Diamond Light Source to produce a world-class imaging facility.
Inside the X-ray Imaging and Coherence beamline. (Front L-R) Ulrich Wagner (I13 team), Gerd Materlik and Alberto De Fanis (I13 team) from Diamond Light Source. (Back L-R) Phil Withers and Colin Bailey from The University of Manchester, Trevor Rayment (Physical Sciences Director, Diamond), Christoph Rau and Zoran Pesic (I13 team) from Diamond Light Source.
“The late Professor Alan Gilbert [the inaugural President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester] visited Diamond and was struck by the world-class standard of the facility, and he was keen for Manchester to be directly involved. With our own dedicated imaging suite at Manchester, the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, which was officially opened in June last year, Manchester was looking to expand its imaging capabilities and the partnership with Diamond provided the perfect opportunity.”
Prof. Phil Withers, The University of Manchester
Because it is non-destructive, X-ray tomography can be used to study the internal structure of precious and unique objects in archaeology and palaeontology – for example studying ancient insects fossilised in amber. I13 will be able to take hard X-ray imaging beyond today’s limits, offering the UK scientific community a facility that can create 3D images of a quality that is beyond what is possible with laboratory techniques.
“The imaging branch line has huge potential to exploit the high resolution phase contrast imaging and perform tomography, the construction of a 3D image from two dimensional projections taken at different orientations. Working with the University of Manchester will provide us with many benefits. They will bring with them an expertise in imaging capabilities and will help to expand the range of experiments possible on the beamline.”
Prof. Christoph Rau, Diamond Light Source
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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